Category: Evidence

When Project Based Learning Goes Wrong

4 November 2016

Project Based Learning, or PBL for short, has the power to inspire very passionate opinions in education. For some, it heralds the future of education, freed from an outmoded ‘factory model’ of learning; whereas for others, it is a bright and shiny catastrophe waiting to happen. For those uninitiated, PBL is founded upon some key […]

Posted on: 4 November 2016
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Homework: Are we asking the right questions?

3 November 2016

Every student, teacher and parent has an opinion about homework. Researchers too have studied the effects of homework the world over, sharing their insights widely. From Shanghai to Swindon, the complex matter of homework is the subject of debate and, it would appear, some debatable evidence. In a new study, communicated by the renowned cognitive […]

Posted on: 3 November 2016
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Check Your Left Brain for Bad Science!

2 November 2016

Only a few days ago, we shared the latest evidence from Keith Topping on the reading habits of our school children, entitled ‘What are our children reading?‘ The interesting findings mooted the issue of young males and their reading – with the seeming annoying habit of them skimming through books. Now, read this blog carefully! […]

Posted on: 2 November 2016
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Breakfast clubs boost reading and maths results for primary school pupils

2 November 2016

A randomised controlled trial involving 106 primary schools in England with higher than average numbers of disadvantaged pupils looked at the impact of running breakfast clubs in the schools. Over the course of an academic year parents of around 8,600 pupils were encouraged to send their child to free breakfast clubs before registration. The provision […]

Posted on: 2 November 2016
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No clear impact for Project Based Learning

2 November 2016

A team from Durham University have evaluated a trial of a Project Based Learning (PBL) intervention called ‘Learning through REAL Projects’, developed by the Innovation Unit – an independent social enterprise which aims to improve public sector services. The programme involves teachers from different subjects designing and planning projects which enable pupils to produce a […]

Posted on: 2 November 2016
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Coaching programme for possible NEETS needs more work

2 November 2016

Evaluators at Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Essex have evaluated a pilot trial of ThinkForward to find out if this particular method of coaching could be tested at a larger scale. ThinkForward is a coaching programme that is designed to support secondary school pupils who have been identified as being at high risk […]

Posted on: 2 November 2016
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Is the Pen Mightier than the Computer?

2 November 2016

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has published a report assessing the impact of Abracadabra (ABRA), a 20-week online literacy programme, on literacy outcomes for Year 1 pupils. ABRA is composed of phonic fluency and comprehension activities based around a series of age-appropriate texts and is designed to be delivered by a teaching assistant (TA) to […]

Posted on: 2 November 2016
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Making Best Use of Our Brilliant Teaching Assistants

31 October 2016

There are over a quarter of a million Teaching Assistants (TAs) in our school system and they have become an integral part of school life to support learning. No teacher or school leader estimates the importance of the role they can play. With all those TAs though comes a bill of over 4 billion pounds […]

Posted on: 31 October 2016
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What Are Our Children Reading?

29 October 2016

It is a truth universally acknowledged that reading is a crucial life skill (and a potential life thrill) for every one of our students. So what are our children reading? And are they reading with success? Keith Topping, Professor of Educational and Social Research, School of Education, University of Dundee, has been searching out some […]

Posted on: 29 October 2016
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